Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:51 AM
The “Chaos Theory” art exhibit is the result of two men brainstorming ideas to have a “fun show,” and its success has brought it to its fourth annual opening, an organizer said.
Eric Manuel, creative director at the Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur, and Tom Trahan, the center’s executive director, were brainstorming four years ago about what kind of show they could bring to Southwest Louisiana that would be “fun, different and something that hadn’t really been seen yet,” Manuel said.
“We’re big fans of cartoons, monster movies and stuff like that,” he said. “One day we decided that we wanted to do a show that we would really enjoy. Traditional art is wonderful, and we’re big fans of that. But this one show every year we get to hang something that’s really fun for guys like us — guys that are total dorks.”
The show, which opens Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Henning Cultural Center, features pop art from the 1980s and 1990s, with pieces including the Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, “Goonies” and gremlins, he said.
“There is no show like this for 100 miles around,” Manuel said. “We are the only gallery where people can come and see fantastic paintings of Gizmo the Gremlin, Jim Henson characters, Nintendo art and stuff like that. It’s not like a traditional art show.”
Manuel said about 35 artists will feature their “collection of really cool, strange artwork” in the show. He said that over the past few years, the show has attracted from 150 to 300 people who travel from around the South to see it.
“Chaos Theory” opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Henning Cultural Center, 923 Ruth St., in Sulphur.
It will be on display 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 11.
For more information, call the center at 527-0357.